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What about foreigners holding Thai driving licenses? It reads ALL Foreign Drivers...

Exactly - needs some clarification about foreigners holding Thai DLs. I can only assume that a Thai DL is acceptable ... ??

Don't be so sure.

Many Thais cannot think outside the box. (I don't mean to be a Thai basher)

They receive orders and follow them to the letter.

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Why don't we have IDL which is valid for longer then a year? I get tired of renewing it all the time.

I would get me a thai DL is they could speak english and don't let me wait many hours for nothing.

Many hours?

Mine took 1 hour.

I speak Thai, but there were some foreigners who couldn't. They got licenses.

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Why don't we have IDL which is valid for longer then a year? I get tired of renewing it all the time.

I would get me a thai DL is they could speak english and don't let me wait many hours for nothing.

I did not find it to be a particularly big deal or hardship to obtain a Thai driver's license.

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"In an effort to protect tourists, renters and business owners, as well as to lower road accidents and fatalities" BS!

How about ensuring Thai people and in particular Thai public transport drivers have a licence, insurance, registration, road legal vehicle and comply with traffic laws in an effort to protect tourists, customers, as well as to lower road accidents and fatalities!

If you keep persecuting foriegners and let Thai's get away with murder you will soon realise that foriegners won't come here and most will leave!

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OK this is just for Phuket. What about the rest of Thailandia And this is just a brain fart at the time and has not been discussed let alone made law so every one keep your knickers on.

"Additional details on new rental regulations will be chalked out at the committee’s next meeting, which has yet to be scheduled."

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I was always under the impression that if you are on holiday here in Thailand you should have your own valid licence and an IDP with the description of what you can drive in the local language, obviously Thai in Thailand.

The IDP could be used for 90 days. You could I suppose argue the point and use the IDP for a year if you leave Thailand and enter again for another 90 days etc for the year.

If you stay here longer, eg you are on an O B OA visa or extension of those then you should have a Thai licence, because 'technically' you are no longer a tourist, working retired, married or whatever.

The points raised about using your own county's licence to show the police at a roadside check are valid as most times the local cop won't know any english or other language so easier for him to just wave you on.

How things would pan out if you were involved in an accident that resulted in a big money loss or death of another or others and the insurance company decided you were at fault and did not have the correct licence for your circumstances or reason to be in Thailand at the time is something to be carefully considered.

Regards all above I don't understand why people don't just go and get a Thai licence, it is so much easier than most think and only takes one day out of your life, not a lot for peace of mind as far as I'm concerned.

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It would be nice if the officials making these statements knew what they were talking about.

Australia does have a treaty with Thailand - Geneva Traffic act 1949

Section 42

But does Australia have a treaty with Phuket???? cheesy.gif

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yes my international licence, out of date since 1988 has its uses. You can hide a couple of red pictures of you know who in there, since it is a ragged cardboard 3 fold, When I am shaken down by the BIB it always comes back with a salute and I am on my way.

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"Always trying to shift the blame! Please examine your own farce of licences."

You mean no licenses I assume.

I just recently convinced my wife it would great if she would retest to get her expired motorbike license reinstated after more than 1 year without it.

It took some time to work through her resistance as it's "not so important in the country Honey, Bangkok maybe yes"

I'm real proud of her because she studied hard, was tied up many hours at the dmv over 2 days only to fail with only 44 correct answers. She took it well, studied over the weekend and went in Monday and scored 46 correct,passed.

I think the drawn out process,the fear of failing the written portion, the idea that it's unnecessary in rural areas and little punitive enforcement may explain the Thai people who have no license.

If it was awarded based only on driving from point a to b every Thai would pass with their eyes closed.

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I'm sure this guy knows that if Phuket had a baht bus system, similar to Pattaya, there would be no need for tourists to hire motorbikes, and way less driving / riding whilst intoxicated by everyone, thus greatly reducing the road fatalities here.

Now, indirectly, we have the Phuket transport mafia even changing the driving / riding licensing laws here.

What a disgrace.

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A few points:

Does this apply to both motorbikes and cars?

Will the police soon be rubbing their hands together in anticipation of bumper paydays?

Will a rental shop be prosecuted if they rent a bike or car to someone without an IDP?

Point three is important as the rental business is quite a money-spinner of for many small Phuket operators. My guess is that there won't be any comeback on the renter and it'll be business as usual, simply more unsuspecting tourists being fined for not having a legal, valid licence.

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What about foreigners holding Thai driving licenses? It reads ALL Foreign Drivers...

Was thinking the same thing myself but I think a full Thai licence can only be held by a foreigner who lives here, tourists can only hold a temporary one, which used to for 1 year but now 2.... I believe...soif you hold a "full" Thai licence you should be covered...I guess.
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IDL onlly valid for 3 months in thailland. After that, have an accident and insurance co wont pay out.

So if you go for a visarun they start counting 3 months again for the IDL i guess.

I always hear it takes many hours of waiting and frustration to get a Thai DL.

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